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Courses / Degree Requirements for the BA in Ayurveda Wellness and Integrative Health

The following requirements are projected for students entering MUM in 2019-20 and are subject to change.

To graduate with a BA in Ayurveda Wellness and Integrative Health, students must successfully complete:

Human Anatomy and Physiology I is the first of a two-course series exploring the terminology, structure, function, and interdependence of the human body systems, as well as relevant medical terminology. This course provides understanding of how the body’s structure and function maintains balance and homeostasis. The integrated functioning of trillions of diverse cells, each with a million chemical reactions per second, gives rise to a healthy, vital human being. Students will study tissues, organs, and organ systems and their role in maintaining health and balance. Tony Nader, MD, PhD discovered that major areas of the physiology are precisely correlated, in structure and function, to the 40 aspects of Veda and the Vedic Literature. The understanding of human physiology as a replica of natural law expressed in the ancient Vedic Literature will be explored in this two-course series. Topics include comprehensive study of the musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular, digestive, and immune systems. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. Lab fee: $25. Prerequisite: one of the following: BIO 220, or BIO 251, or placement through a biology placement test, or approval of the instructor) (4 credits)
This is the second course of the two-course series of Human Anatomy and Physiology. In this course students will study the reproductive, respiratory, nervous, and endocrine organ systems. This course will present an in-depth overview of the organ systems that are major coordinators of homeostasis. Focus will be on the endocrine system and divisions of the nervous system, and how they control other organ systems of the body and maintain homeostasis. Effects of stress on human physiology, body response to stress, and the relationship between stress and lifestyle diseases will also be covered. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. Students will continue exploring how every aspect of the ancient Vedic Literature is mirrored by the human physiology. This course includes public speaking presentations based on the connection between consciousness, Veda, and human anatomy and physiology. Lab fee: $25. Prerequisite: BIO 265 (4 credits)
The course will explore the new paradigm in science that the “Physiology is Consciousness.” Current concepts of mind and body will be understood in terms of this new paradigm. This course will present our facts of brain structure and function in light of Maharishi Vedic Science and the discovery of Veda and the Vedic Literature in human physiology done by Tony Nader, MD, PhD. We will examine how our brain constructs reality at every moment and how the experience of unboundedness – the Self of every individual – can transform our physiology and awaken the total creative potential of the brain in enlightenment, which is the birthright of every human being. Includes public speaking presentations on course topics. Materials fee: $10 Prerequisite: STC 108 (4 credits)
This course presents the history and basic principles of aromatherapy, and its application in Maharishi AyurVeda. Topics include: the chemistry and therapeutic properties of aromatic molecules; detailed descriptions of the chemical structure and properties of essential oils and hydrosols, their therapeutic effects on physiological and emotional states, and their effect on the three doshas; and indications for common ailments. In this course students will learn how to select appropriate essential oils and hydrosols for well-being in accord with the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy. Includes public speaking presentations and labs. Lab fee: $25; Materials fee: $15. Prerequisite: PH 260 or PH 352 (4 credits)
Self-Pulse Reading is the most ancient and most natural means of determining the level of balance or imbalance in the mind and body. Taking the pulse enlivens the connection between mind and body, consciousness and matter. Furthermore, the procedure of taking the pulse produces a balancing effect on the mind and body. This course presents Maharishi’s revival of this ancient technology. In this course students will learn how to read their pulse and detect imbalances early, before they manifest as symptoms of a disease; how to determine where imbalances are; and how to restore balance. This course includes public speaking exercises. Materials fee: $10 (4 credits)
Diet, digestion, and nutrition are fundamental to health. How we metabolize food and drink directly affects the strength, vitality, immunity, and longevity of the physiology. This course provides very practical knowledge of what to eat, when to eat, and how to eat to maintain or restore perfect balance of the three doshas – the three principal governing qualities of intelligence in the body. Topics include: influence of consciousness on the process of digestion and nutrition, effects of different foods on physiology, categories of food according to their influence on the three doshas, and basic principles of Dravya Guna (Materia Medica) – Vedic herbology. This course includes public speaking exercises, as well as two field trips: one to local organic and natural food stores, and one to a local organic dairy production farm. Based on availability, ayurvedic cooking demonstrations are included. Field trip fee: $20; Materials fee: $20. Prerequisite: PH 260 (4 credits)
Yoga is one of the 40 aspects of the Veda and Vedic Literature representing unifying quality of consciousness. According to Maharishi, Yoga provides technologies to unfold the experience of the unified level of consciousness or Transcendental Consciousness. The theoretical part of this unique course presents the knowledge of Yoga as unity and provides understanding of the specific effects of Yoga Asanas on the mind and body, physiology and consciousness. Proper practice of Yoga Asanas – another aspect of this course – provides students with the experience of deep relaxation, stress release, and expansion in the direction of unbounded pure consciousness. This course includes public speaking exercises on the effects of Yoga Asanas on specific mental and physical health conditions, and the readings of Maharishi’s commentaries to the Bhagavad-Gita as the essence of Vedic knowledge and the discipline of Yoga. Materials fee: $10 (4 credits)
The comprehensive time-tested knowledge of Maharishi AyurVeda provides the basis to give every family the best start. Topics include: preconception guidelines to maximize fertility and fetal health, month-by-month guidelines for pregnancy, strategies to facilitate labor and provide the ideal environment at delivery, and postpartum care guidelines for both parents and newborns to ensure the fullest recuperation for mothers and a healthy beginning for every family. Materials fee: $30. Prerequisites: PH 262 or equivalent and PH 263. (4 credits)
Herbs are a major component of Maharishi AyurVeda used to enliven the inner intelligence of the body and restore balance. After assessing a client, an ayurvedic consultant recommends a variety of healing modalities, including compound or single-form herbal preparations. This course provides the necessary knowledge of ayurvedic herbs and herbal compounds, their qualities and actions in human physiology, as well as their effects in various health conditions. It also familiarizes students with the methods used to prepare herbal compounds. Topics include: an introduction to ayurvedic herbs, their properties, modes of action and uses; compound ayurvedic formulations, their indications and contra-indications; quality control and good manufacturing practices on a small scale. This course includes labs, public speaking presentations and literature review. Lab fee: $50; Material fee: $25; Prerequisites: PH 262 or PH 252; Strongly recommended: PH 430 or PH 352 (4 credits)
This course prepares students to consult with clients, family, and friends, helping them achieve higher levels of health and wellness through Maharishi AyurVeda. Students will understand and apply the knowledge of mind-body types, and the dietary and lifestyle 2016/17 288 origins of imbalance. Topics include: ayurvedic anatomy and physiology; the role of consciousness at the basis of physiology; the use of ayurvedic pulse reading to detect the level and the root cause of imbalance; the means to restore balance with the use of herbs, diet, aromatherapy, Maharishi Yoga Asanas, and other modalities of Maharishi AyurVeda; protocols for common imbalances; and how to obtain and retain clients in the wellness consultant practice. Includes case workshops and public speaking presentations. Materials fee: $65. Prerequisites: PH 262 and BIO 266 (8 credits)
During this course, students get practical experience of the knowledge gained in all the previous courses in Maharishi AyurVeda and build confidence in consulting with clients, family, and friends to guide them to higher levels of health and wellness. In the clinical setting, students take turns leading consultations and participate in discussions of case studies under the supervision of experts in Maharishi AyurVeda and modern medicine. By the end of the course, students are required to complete their major capstone project, consisting of a reflection paper and a portfolio of case studies based on at least 50 clinical encounters (including observation, student/client encounter with direct supervision and one-on-one cases). May be repeated for credit up to four times with the permission of the department Academic Advisor. Prerequisites: PH 263 and either PH 430 or PH 352. (8 credits)

Note: The course is designed to provide practice of how to advise others in developing a personalized approach to health and wellness based on the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda. Regulations regarding health care practice and professional licensure standards vary by state and country. Course participants should be familiar with the laws of the jurisdiction in which they intend to be active to ensure that the scope of their activities does not violate regulations regarding health care practice. Becoming a Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant does not confer professional licensing status and Maharishi University of Management makes no representations regarding its economic or other value.

Note: Students may fulfill all or some of their requirements for biology by having completed equivalent undergraduate coursework at an accredited university and earned a grade of “B-” or higher. Undergraduate degree students can apply transfer credits to cover the general education requirements, electives, and up to half the coursework in the major for a maximum of 90 total credits.

Additional recommended courses

In this course, students will be introduced to the range and application of Maharishi Vāstu architecture. Students will learn how the principles of Sthāpatya Veda apply with equal relevance to their own physiology, the layout of buildings and cities, the arrangement of galaxies in the universe, and the structuring dynamics of consciousness. Students will also become acquainted with natural and energy-efficient construction and will understand the relationship of these contemporary interests with the timeless 2016/17 32 knowledge of Vedic architecture. This course alone does not prepare students sufficiently to start designing Vāstu houses. Prerequisite for undergraduates: FOR 103 (2 credits)
This course provides principles and practical knowledge of how to promote good health through proper nutritious diet. Students learn to select their own specific diet based on their body type and according to time of day and season, to achieve balanced digestion in order to promote optimal nourishment and health. Topics include: cooking method and its effect on quality, the right time to cook and eat, the cycle of seasons as well as life’s
seasons, the effects of food on the development of higher stages of consciousness. (2 credits) Prerequisite for undergraduates: FOR 103
In Maharishi Vedic Science, AyurVeda and Jyotish (Vedic astrology) complement each other. Maharishi AyurVeda provides a means to identify a health condition through the physiology, while Maharishi Medical Jyotish provides a means to identify the timing, duration, and intensity of the condition. This course will teach the basic physiological and disease elements of a Jyotish chart, and the procedures of how to combine them for health evaluation. Students will use this diagnostic tool to interpret charts calculated by a computer program. The goal of the course is to develop the ability to determine mindbody types (Prakriti) and health tendencies (Vikriti), and to predict upcoming ‘red-flag’ medical conditions in order to recommend appropriate preventive measures. Materials fee: $10 (4 credits)
This course presents advanced knowledge of aromatherapy including the approach of Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy and its foundation in the Vedic science. Students will learn monographies of essential oils and hydrosols, including therapeutic formulas for specific health conditions. This course will present the effects of essential oils and hydrosols on different physiological systems in light of the discovery by Tony Nader, MD, PhD, that human physiology is the expression of Veda and the Vedic Literature. Students will deepen their understanding of how to select appropriate essential oils and hydrosols for well-being in accord with the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy. The lab component of the course will provide students hands-on experience making blends, facial and body creams, soft gels, and other preparations most suitable for their skin and body types, using essential oils and other natural organic products. This course includes public speaking presentations. Lab fee: $50; Material fee: $15. Prerequisite: PH 230 (4 credits)
This course explores the connection between Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy, human physiology, and Veda and the Vedic Literature. Students will probe deeper into the relationship of specific essential oils with the different parts of the physiology in light of 2016/17 287 the discovery by Tony Nader, MD, PhD, that human physiology is the expression of Veda and the Vedic Literature. This will give students a profound, holistic understanding of Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy. This course includes public speaking presentations and labs. Lab fee: $25; Material fee: $10. Prerequisite: PH 330 (4 credits)
This practicum gives students an opportunity to build confidence while applying the knowledge gained in all the previous courses in Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy. In a clinical setting, students will lead consultations, participate in discussions of case studies, and prepare blends and other preparations under the supervision of an expert. At the end of this course students will present a portfolio of case studies based on at least 20 clinical encounters. Students completing the series of all four Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy courses with a grade of “B” or higher will receive a Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy Certificate. Materials fee: $10 Lab fee: $25 (4 credits) Prerequisites: PH 331 and PH 431 Note: The Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy Certificate does not confer professional licensing status and Maharishi University of Management makes no representations regarding its economic or other value.
This course introduces the student to the rationale for evidence-based medicine and the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting scientific research. Topics include: the scientific method, selection of research topics, procedures for conducting literature reviews, experimental designs, statistical analysis, and interpretation of findings. Particular emphasis is placed on design of randomized controlled clinical trials, including selection of treatment and control groups, subject selection criteria, measurement of outcomes, and threats to validity. Students will have the opportunity to collect and analyze data as a practical component to the course. This course includes two presentations: one on a published research study in the student’s area of interest and the other on the student’s own research proposal. (4 credits)

Course offerings may vary each year. With the exception of PH 431, which can be repeated for credit up to four times, courses generally cannot be repeated for credit.